About the area
Situated in the parish of Claife, Sawrey and the surrounding area is a place of outstanding natural beauty. Beatrix Potter's home, Hilltop, is nearby in Near Sawrey, and is open to the public. The undulating, rolling hills, stunning variety of mature trees, delightful country pathways and tranquil lakes and tarns all make for a perfect setting for those who enjoy the great outdoors – whether just for a gentle stroll or a full day’s hiking.
Historic places of interest
The following are all easily accessible:
- Hilltop, home of Beatrix Potter (0.5 miles)
- Claife Viewing Station (1 mile)
- Wray Castle (5 miles)
- Stott Park Bobbin Mill Museum (6 miles)
- Brantwood, home of John Ruskin (7 miles)
- Grizedale Visitor Centre (5 miles), offering exciting mountain bike adventure, a famous sculpture trail, “Go Ape” tree-top zipwire experience and picnic area.
- Esthwaite Fish Farm (1.5 miles), for trout, pike and general coarse fishing, lakeside nature walk and Osprey Safari guided boat tours.
- Windermere Lake Cruises (2.5 miles via ferry). Sail 17 vessels to all major destinations around the lake. Alight at Lakeside to visit the Lakeland Motor Museum with its unique collection of classic cars, motorcycles and Donald Campbell exhibition.
- Blackwell Arts and Crafts House (3 miles via ferry), built 1898-1900 by Baillie Scott as a holiday home for premier Manchester brewer Sir Edward Holt. A little gem for Arts and Crafts afficionados.
Nearby towns and villages
- Hawkshead (about 3 miles)
- Windermere (about 4 miles via ferry)
- Coniston (about 7 miles)
- Ambleside (about 8 miles)
The cottage is only about 1 mile from the ferry - more information about the ferry.